|Barney Rubble for Winstons|
I will turn 50 years old this year which means that I was 8 years old when cigarettes were banned from advertising on television in 1970. The thing is that more than 40 years later, and I can still remember the various jingles and "stars" of different brands to this day.
That they used to sell smokes on the air probably doesn't surprise most people, but the younger folks out there might be surprised to see just how many television shows of the 1960's mixed their cigarette ads into the shows themselves.
The Flintstones for Winston
Having made the internet rounds for years, I'm pretty sure that lots of people have seen the above video of the Flintstones selling Winstons, but Fred and Barney weren't the only ones hawking smokes to the masses back in the good old days.
Here's none other than Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez making their push for Phillip Morris
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez for Philip Morris
In fact Lucy and Desi did dozens of ads for Philip Morris over the years, which might tell you something about the fact that both of them died of smoking related illnesses.
It's easy for us to look at these commercials now and think that they are just a little bit insane, but you've got to remember that cigarette ads have been a part of filmed advertisements right from the start, as the below short for Admiral Cigarettes shot by Thomas Edison in 1897 will show you.
Edison was a man who liked to make a buck
Anyway back to television.
Here's several commercials for Kent cigarettes featuring the cast of, The Dick Van Dyke Show....
Dick Van Dyke and Rose Marie for Kent
Dick Van Dyke, Morey Amsterdam & Richard Deacon for Kent
Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore for Kent
However for just plain bizarre, it's really hard not to look at these ads from the Beverly Hillbillies for Winston Cigarettes and feel like you took a left turn into the Twilight Zone.
Nancy Kulp, Buddy Epson and Max Baer jr for Winstons
Irene Ryan and Bea Benaderat for Winston
Buddy Ebson and Raymond Bailey for Winstons
Scary stuff in it's own way and really a good example of how smoking was presented to kids as a fun thing to do.
Like I say it was a different world then.